Christopher de Leon was one of the first celebrities in the Philippines to test positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The actor was confined last March 17 but was then discharged from the hospital a few weeks later. He was welcomed home by his loving wife, Sandy Andolong, and his family on March 25.
In an episode of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, the actor recalled the moment he learned that he tested positive for COVID-19. He described it as “very shocking and unnerving,” and emphasized how the healing process was “more spiritual than physical.”
“The reason I was healed, It’s not of my strength, it is all the strength of our Almighty God, who is giving it to me,” He said in the interview.
Source of Strength
Christopher shared that while he was in confinement, he kept himself motivated by watching evangelical channels on TV.
“‘I was praying 24/7,” the actor said. “I watched yung mga channels, ‘yong mga pastors, priests. Everything that I can (hold) on to.“
But it was not only Christopher’s fight. Even his wife Sandy had cried and prayed all night for her husband’s recovery. “I just prayed to God, ‘I know You have plans for us. I know You have a reason for doing this, but please, forgive us our sins, forgive us. Have mercy on us,'” she shared.
Faith and Love
Just a few days after Christopher was discharged from the hospital, he and Sandy celebrated their 40th anniversary. They both shared how their love for each other grew stronger after COVID-19.
“Kumapit lang talaga kami sa Kanya,” Sandy said. “I know we’ll (overcome) this. My prayer was groaning. I was groaning every day. It was a strong prayer. Especially for a mother. The Holy Spirit understands your groan, sobrang lalim ng iyak.”
Christopher is indeed lucky to defeat the deadly COVID-19. And as a way to thank God and help other Filipinos affected by COVID-19, the actor has been donating his blood plasma to help treat critical COVID-19 patients.
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Hope and faith were Christopher’s weapon in fighting the COVID-19. The journey drew him and his family closer to each other and also to God.
“Lagi kong pinasasalamatan ang Diyos na walang nahawa sa inyo. Nakita ko iyong halaga mo sa buhay. Lalo kang napamahal sakin,” Christopher told Sandy.
“Nakita ko yung lalim ng pagmamahal ko sa (iyo), yung kahalagahan (mo) sa buhay ko at sa buhay ng mga anak (natin),” Sandy told Christopher.